Meetings Africa back to reignite the business events industry
Event Africa Contributor 23/02/2022 Events
The 16th instalment of Meetings Africa will take place in a physical format at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, from 28 February to 2 March 2022.
Set to reignite Africa’s business events industry, the show will offer an array of exhibitors and buyers from across Africa and the world, an opportunity to meet face-to-face as they partner to contribute to rebuilding the continent’s business events industry.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on the global business events industry, however, as the business events industry on the African continent, we remain optimistic and we are thrilled to invite global buyers to come network and do business with our exhibitors from across the African continent,” says Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, Chief Bureau Officer at the South Africa National Convention Bureau.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
If you target meeting and event planners; business travel agencies, international or regional association executives and association management companies or local, regional or international corporate executives, who book business travel and team-building, then Meetings Africa provides the ideal platform for you.
The three-day event includes more than 3300 scheduled meetings and over 240 exhibitors as well as education sessions and masterclasses – including the Africa Business Tourism and MICE Masterclass, exclusive breakfast and cocktail functions and Meetings Africa’s very special BONDay.
Check out the full schedule here.
BONDay (Business Opportunity Networking Day), hosted on 28 February, offers exhibitors and buyers the opportunity to engage with captains of the industry who will provide insights into how they can advance their businesses. This is also a chance to connect with like-minded individuals and explore ways of advancing their business and the continent together.
At Meetings Africa 2022, the SANCB, in collaboration with its partners, will also implement a revamped, globally bench-marked hosted buyer programme to ensure a successful exhibitor-buyer trade show experience.
A select group of International and Local Hosted Buyers as well as Association Hosted buyers will form part of the pre-scheduled online matchmaking appointment schedule to maximise their time and value at the exhibition.
Association Hosted buyers are also invited to participate in Association Day with a line-up of thought provoking speakers and facilitators.
WHERE IS IT TAKING PLACE?
Meetings Africa 2022 will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, Southern Africa’s international leading and most prestigious, multi-purposes exhibition and convention centre.
Situated in northern Johannesburg, in the heart of Sandton’s business, hotel and entertainment district, Sandton Convention Centre offers easy access to over 5 000 hotel rooms, is adjacent to the country’s top shopping and entertainment complexes and provides nearly 11 000 secure parking bays (source www.saconvention.co.za).
If travelling from OR Tambo International Airport, please use the Gautrain for the quickest and easiest access to Sandton.
WHAT ARE THE COVID PROTOCOLS?
As a means to ensure you conduct business in a safer space, Meetings Africa attendees are required to present either a Vaccine Certificate or a valid negative PCR test before arrival in order to gain entry to the exhibition. Testing stations and a vaccination site will be available at the Meetings precinct.
Screening at all entrances at the venue to be performed. This includes completing personal information and health check forms as well as temperature checks.
Only 1000 people will be allowed inside the venue at a time and 2000 at the outdoor events.
Wearing of masks is compulsory both inside and outside of all venues, this includes public spaces.
“There has been a resounding call for face-to-face business engagement from our industry players, and we are confident in executing a safe event,” says Kotze-Nhlapo.